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Chef Paul Archambault’s passion for cooking first piqued during a childhood trip to Bar Harbor. He and his family traveled from their mid coast Maine home in Bristol to visit Jordan Pond House, home of the renowned popovers. At 12 years old Paul was hooked.

“That same year for Christmas, I asked for a popover tin,” Paul recalls. “I got both a skateboard and the tin. I use the tin first.” 

From that moment Chef Paul embarked on his lifelong quest. Paul began his career as a prep cook at only 14 years of age. He eventually graduated to the position of a line cook when he took a job at the Anchor Inn in Roundpond, Maine. Although his interest in the culinary world had already been established, Paul admits, “The experience at the Inn sealed the deal.”

After stumbling upon an article about Hugo’s restaurant in Portland, Maine, Paul quickly moved to the city to advance his skills. For the following three years he worked for both Hugo’s and The Honey Paw under the James Beard awarding winning chefs, Mike Wiley and Andrew Taylor.

The enthusiasm, curiosity and drive that initially drew Paul to cooking remain vitally intact to this day, almost 20 years later. At Roma, Chef Paul keeps true to his small town upbringing by using locally sourced ingredients. He blends traditional American Italian dishes with his own more contemporary style. His ability to deliver delicious food paired with Roma’s warm atmosphere make our guests feel like they are family.

“It’s like you’re eating at Grandma’s house.”

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4.4
Based on 159 reviews
Robin Field
03:02 20 Apr 22
As a visitor to the area I decided to stop by this wonderful restaurant. The atmosphere and overall experience the building and dining room itself provide is beautiful, and a great place to just have some good food with friends or family. Both of the staff members I met during my visit were kind and provided great service. I ordered the chicken parm and the side of bread and all I have to say are good things. For one person the meal sizing was perfect, and the food came out hot and tasted delicious! Would 100% recommended this place to anyone in the area.
Brandt Scott
15:22 28 Feb 22
Quaint unassuming spot with flavorful Italian dishes and beautiful cozy decor. Can’t beat their prices either when it come to top notch quality food in Portland. Will definitely return.
C Hodges
17:46 26 Feb 22
We went last Thursday and the place was pretty empty, but no worries there. I am always amazed to go by restaurants that are almost as expensive and not nearly as nice, that are full of hipsters. Anyways, service was top notch, the atmosphere was warm and had a casual elegance to it. The wine pairing recommendations were spot on. The food was really good. I will go back. Btw, people should consider the familiar and not just always flock to the newest trendy spot.
Gregory Hogan
01:42 03 Feb 22
We were so pleased to see this restaurant open after recently moving here. It must have been thirty years ago since our last visit. We dared to walk in without a reservation and the staff was very accommodating. The food was excellent, one of the best meals we have had around Portland since moving here. Service was wonderful. We will be back soon. This time with a reservation to leave nothing to chance.
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